Legal malpractice cases can arise from any number of unusual situations. A legal malpractice trial started late last week against the Philadelphia firm Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, a 1,400+ lawyer firm. In that case, the firm is being sued by former client Purolite Corp.
According to the allegations in the lawsuit, Purolite sought advice from the firm on whether Purolite’s foreign subsidiaries could legally sell to a Cuban company. According to the company, the law firm told them that since the subsidiaries were foreign, there was no U.S. involvement and the sales were legal.
The United States disagreed. In 1996, the U.S. Customs Service began investigating the company, and the company was later indicted for making illegal trades to Cuba.
The legal malpractice trial now starts, and the jury will be asked to determine what advice the firm gave the company and whether that advice was proper.